In the shadows of the towering and spectacular Illawarra Escarpment, Figtree is a western suburb of Wollongong - one of Australia’s most enterprising cities and one that is transforming itself spectacularly from an industrial metropolis to an outstanding holiday destination.
And there's certainly plenty to enjoy down this way. First, there’s the rejuvenated city centre of Wollongong, which is quickly throwing off its mantle as purely a commercial and industrial centre as it embraces its many natural attributes and promotes them to tourists.
In and around Wollongong you'll find natural beauty, spectacular walking trails, golden beaches, top sporting and recreational facilities, art galleries, a science centre and stunning botanic gardens.
To the near south is the Shellharbour region with more glorious beaches, exciting nightlife, modern shopping, walking tracks, bush bolt-holes and stunning Lake Illawarra.
The lake offers the complete aquatic experience - sailing, prawning, fishing, canoeing, sail-boarding, cruising, jet-skiing or just mucking about.
And to the west there’s the escarpment, which takes you up and over into the beautiful Southern Highlands region, rich in natural scenery and heritage.